Monday, October 27, 2008

Venice - part 2

I will be back later to add more......

This is my favourite shot look at the colours! These little bridges are so pretty.

St Mark's square by night.

View along the Grand canal.

Bit of architecture from one of Venice's many churches.

Grand Canal

Looking back onto St mark's square from the bell tower on San Giorgio.

Bell tower in St Mark's square.

These paintings were all over the place. I am always attracted to these paintings when away, but don't buy because where would I put it?

These little stalls with mask souvenirs were everywhere!

Venice part 1

We have just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Venice. It was the first time I have been to Italy, even though I have Italain ancestors!

We were due to go Sunday to Wednesday, but because of a passport difficulty (see later post!) we ended up going Tuesday (our actual anniversery) to Friday.

Although I knew that Venice was full of canals, and sinking I hadn't realised the full extent of the watery environment. It is absolutely gorgeous! Everywhere you turn there are beautiful buildings, little alleyways and pretty little bridges - no cars, how fantastic!

Here are some of Maurice's photos, mostly with me in them!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A-Z of everyday life

I am a bit late to this, but I have just read 'A-Z of everyday life' by Amy Rosenthal Krauss. It's a great read, very funny at times, and incredibly insightful. But above all it is inspiring! It has inspired amny scrapbookers to scrap their everyday lives, and I am no exception. I have begun an A-Z, and it is my 'background' project! By that I mean, that I pick it up and put it down as and when, but particularly when there is a challenge to be done. Consequently I am rather slow at it, only up to 'H' (for Honda). But now I am inspired to write an A-Z of myself. I even have the notebook! I did begin to write about things as I thought about them - this is not a project you can do in order! But I need to pick it up and write in it a little bit more often. It's like this blog, not done often enough!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Album for Sue

I absolutely loved doing this album for Sue for her 50th birthday! We have been friends with Stewart and Sue for over 30 years, and have socialised with them on and off over the years. We spent a lot of time with them around the time we got married and before we had our children. We didn't see them much while the children were little but have started seeing them for a Sat night meal a lot more in the last couple of years. Consequently I haven't got photos of Sue through her life, and I wasn't going to do an album. But the girls at work talked me into it, and I dug out the photos we have from the 1980s. What fabulous memories!

Mimi is Stewart's Mum. Unfortunately Stewart's dad died when we were in our early 20s, and Mimi has been on her own ever since.


Ray and Eileen are Sue's parents. S & S were always holding suprise parties for their families. I think this was Ry's 65th birthday. He died about 9 years ago

Here come the friends! Peter and Mark are brothers. Maurice knew Peter at school in Bognor. We don't see much of Peter now.

Here's Gary. He has started to organise a Christmas get together each year which is wonderful! I am hoping Sue will bring her album this Christmas!

How drunk do they look?

Maurice met Stewart and the rest of the 'lads' through motorbikes.
Stewart was Maurice's best man at our wedding.

We used to away for weekends on our bikes. Sometimes we camped, but this trip to Bournemouth we stayed in a rather grotty B&B!

Here's Maurice and Stewart outside the grotty B&B! The bikes date this picture exactly!

Our best weekends were camping on the isle of wight. Loads of good memories.

Will we ever forget the saga of the lost keys? If anyone lost something or was late.. it was Gary!!!
Here's Bob helping Gary look for said keys!

Another photo from the IOW

That's me talking to jan at a party I expect. 1982!

Bob and Jan are Stewart and Sue's best friends. Bob looks very different now! They have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter!

Here's Mark. I love that photo of him alseep! That's at our house, I recognise the sofa! He is married to Stephanie, there in the middle.

A final photo, Stewart, Sue me(I loved that out fit- how 1980s??) and Mark.